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  • Merril Wagner, Untitled (#14 June), 1997, oil on linen, 24 × 30".

    Merril Wagner, Untitled (#14 June), 1997, oil on linen, 24 × 30".

    Merrill Wagner

    Konrad Fischer Galerie | Berlin

    The two bodies of work by American artist Merrill Wagner, shown on two floors, appeared so distinct as to be almost irreconcilable. Downstairs, glossy fields of dark browns and greens on large steel plates hung on the walls. In one such painting—Finnegans Lane, 1990, an imposing work of eight by twelve feet—a layer of emerald, a green of an otherworldly density, was flanked by strips of raw steel that looked like cross sections of an agate. On the floor sat Untitled, 1996, a cluster of stones marked with blue paint, and Crooked Strait, 1995, a narrow path of irregular pieces of slate shot through

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